Seville, 16th century. During a terrible plague epidemic, the corpses of several murdered people are found, as an omen of the end of the world. Seville was one of the main cities of the ... See full summary »
Patricia López Arnaiz
Good costumer drama that takes a brilliant look at the turbulent life of two famous Queens : Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart
The story of two stubborn women , fighting each other in a man's world : Elizabeth I and Mary , Queen of Scots . This is a sweeping chronicle of 16th-century English Queens from their splendor years . She's the Protestant Elizabeth (Rebecca Scott) , a brilliant stateswoman who managed to restore England to power and glory amidst public and private confusion . Mary Queen of Scots (Olivia Chenery) and her cousin Elizabeth were rivals for power in Tudor England . The heathen Protestant Elizabeth dreads the prospect of the Catholic Mary about her ascending the English throne , leading to intrigue and divisiveness within the court . It also recreates ambition , turmoil and struggle for power by Robert Dudley (Harry Jarvis) , Earl of Leicester . As Elizabeth dealing with Protestant religion , intrigues with Spain and France and the vexing question of a political marriage . Elizabeth chose her advisers with consummate care , the first and best was William Cecil , he stayed in office for forty years , along with Francis Walsingham . Mary Stuart was imprisoned by the powerful Elizabeth , who rightly feared Catholic plots to place Mary on the throne . Mary is a tragic , romantic heroine that contends with various treacheries . Mary (1516-1558) inherited the throne of Scotland from Jacob V . She was next in line to the English kingdom , and married Francisco II , king of France , but he died early . Having been in France for thirteen years , Mary returned Scotland , and arrived from France with some misgivings . Then , Mary disembarks in Leith and goes to a castle near Edimburg , along with his lover David Rizzio (Carlos Camino) , court musician and confidant . There , she's received by his brother , the Earl James Stuart , (Matt McClure) . Later on , Queen Mary married a foppish aristocrat named Lord Darnley (Harry Jarvis) . Mary is helped by the Earl James Bothwell (James Lee Taylor) , her main supporter in her battle for power . Then , Rizzio was reputed to be the father of Mary's son , the future James I of England . Darnley , with some underlings , murdered Rizzio in Mary's presence . But Darnley is killed by an explosion in his refuge , outskirts Edimburg , and the God-fearing Calvinists led by John Knox accused to Bothwell as regicide . John Knox and the rebels Lords besiege Holyrood and the Borthwell's stronghold , Dumbar castle . The Calvinists forced her abdication , Mary escapes and asks for protection to Queen Elizabeth I , but Mary is double-crossed and taken imprisoned in the Tower of London . The film especially describes relations between Spain ruled by Philip II (Adrián Castiñeiras) , England and Scotland at the breaking point . This well-known monarch Felipe II , the Prudent King , governed in domains where the sun never set . He waged war with the Spanish armada commanded by Duke of Medina Sidonia against the British Navy commanded by Duke of Effiham and Raleigh and it lasted ten days , during July 1588 . At the end of the series , Mary confronts her English accusers at court in a stylized trial . Finally , Mary was guilty of plots complicity and was condemned , as the series reflects splendidly when Mary goes to beheading block with all due pomp and circumstance .
This is a good costume-designing , a Spanish/British historic-drama and Olivia Chenery and Rebecca Scott are well cast in the title roles . They are splendidly recreated turmoil , loves , and fight power of its time , including the troublesome days and machinations surrounding . Although supposedly Mary and Elizabeth never met face to face , the movie have them doing so and the screen crackle when both have a reunion that goes wrong , because they are strong rivals for power in Tudor dynasty . This costumer/melodrama recreates faithfully the historical facts , as several centuries separate us from the events are to narrate , it is really important to highlight the huge significance that these Kingdoms had back then , as the shadows still hide from the public those great historic moments , and the significance of such deeds . The picture contributes to historical , artistic and cultural memory of an era , with a look back to the past , offering us an interesting adaptation based on important facts . It's magnificent and correctly captured by marvelous sets , splendid production design and glamorous gowns . This elaborate costumer drama packs outstanding performances from a great , but unknown cast , as Rebecca Scott playing an impulsive , arrogant queen as well as Olivia Chenery as obstinate Mary Stuart . Besides , a top-notch support cast giving strong acting , as Crispin Redman as Lord William Cecyl , Ruben Jones as Sir Francis Walsingham , Sean Browne as Duke of Norfolk , Nick Cornwall as John Dee and Steve Howard as Pope Pius V who convoked the council of Trent , among them . The fine and large cast , more British than Spanish , does quite well in historic setting .
This interesting historical drama formed by 6 episodes contains a wonderful cinematography that adds color to the atmosphere by Javier Salmones who photographed the previous successes as "The Feast of the Goat" , ¨Butterfly's tongue¨ , ¨Los Borgia¨ and ¨Diary of a nymphomaniac¨ . Being photographed on location from various countries as England , France , Italy , Netherlands and Alcalá University , Alcalá , Spain . Evocative and imaginative musical score fitting to the past times by Carlos Martin . The motion picture was lavishly produced by José Luis Moreno and compellingly directed by Manuel Carballo who formerly made hits as ¨The returned¨ , "The Last of the Just" , ¨13 Fears ¨ and "The Possession of Emma Evans" or ¨Exorcismus¨ .
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